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Wilmington turns stables into art studios

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

The city of Wilmington and CityFest Inc. showed off their new Urban Artist Exchange and the work of its 21 teen summer apprentice artists at an open house last weekend. The event coincided with Wilmington Open Streets and featured storytelling as well as a drumming and dance performance at the nearby amphitheater. “Because we had a critical mass of people …

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Black storytellers from across nation gather in Wilmington

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

Ask Serena Joy — a Wilmington poet, rapper and storyteller — to tell you a story, and she starts with a little girl and a dandelion. The little girl loves dandelions partly because she likes blowing the tiny flowers off the stem. She joyously takes some to her grandmother, who shoos her and the flower away. “That’s a weed,” she …

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Trolley Square project turns utility boxes into art

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

Sungmin Bobyak expected that painting a ladybug mural on a utility box near the Trolley Square fountain plaza would be a solitary experience. It wasn’t. Drivers honked and yelled compliments out of their windows as they drove by. People who were walking by stopped to talk, some thanking her profusely for creating the public artwork. “I thought I would go …

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Clifford Brown Jazz Fest returns June 15-18 featuring Stanley Clarke

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

  The 35th rendition of the largest free jazz festival on the East Coast returns to Wilmington June 15-18 with the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival featuring Stanley Clark among its line-up. New this year: The festival will be cohosted by Clifford Brown Jr. The festival is named for trumpeter and Wilmington native resident Clifford Brown, known as “Brownie.” He died …

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Del Shakes to bring free “Midsummer Night’s Dream’ to Rodney Square

Charles Megginson Culture, Headlines

Eric Mills (here with Krista Apple in 2018’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing,’ will play Oberon in Del Shakes’ ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ Photo by Alessandra Nicole/Delaware Shakespeare   Delaware Shakespeare will host free outdoor performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in Rodney Square next month. The group says it will transform Rodney Square into a “magical forest where confused lovers, …

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Clifford Brown Jazz Fest returns to Rodney Square

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

  The 34th annual Clifford Brown Jazz Festival returns to Rodney Park Wednesday and will wind up Sunday with a nationally known hip hop dancer and choreographer who was born in Wilmington. During the week, after-concert jam sessions will feature visiting and local musicians. The festival recommends following all state COVID-19 guidelines, including wearing a mask if you’re not vaccinated. …

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Clifford Brown jazz fest returns to Rodney Square in August

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

The Clifford Brown Jazz Festival’s 2018 version in Rodney Square.   The Clifford Brown Jazz Festival is coming home. The Wilmington event, named for a native trumpeter who died young in a car accident, was livestreamed during the pandemic, but returns to Rodney Square Aug. 4-8. Considered the largest jazz festival  on the East Coast, it will feature local and …